Kids are growing up in an golden age of technology. We still don’t have those wondrous flying cars, but cell phones can do amazing things. They can connect people all over the world, help you write a book, or guide you to just about any location in the world. It’s amazing what technology can do, but in the wrong hands, it can be a big problem. So, take note of these 7 Dangerous Apps Used by Kids.
It should also be stated that some of these apps are not intended for use by children, but kids are using them despite the target audience.
Kik – This app tops the list of dangerous apps. It’s a free texting service that sends texts and pictures to be sent without being logged into the phone’s history. Translation – The user, even a kid, can talk to complete strangers and send images without you knowing it. Also, if harassment starts, there is no way to block it.
Snapchat – This service is all about hiding pictures/images you’ve sent to others. Users take a pic or video and make it available for a set period of time for specific users. After the time period ends, the image or clip “disappears”. The app is mainly used for sexting. Watch out for similar apps like Wire, Wickr, and Poke.
Blendr – Slightly similar to Tiner, this app gives users more anonymity. There no authentication requirements, which increases the predatory opportunities. It’s often used for sexting and flirting.
Tinder – This is basically a hook up app. Using Facebook and GPS, the app lets users create and rate profiles which mixes a concerning cocktail of predatory possibilities and cyber-bullying.
YikYak – Think of it as slightly similar to Twitter. Users get 200 characters to send out a message. That message is shared with the closest 500 fellow users thanks to GPS. It is anonymous, but that seems to encourage hateful comments and bullying without repercussions.
Whisper – On a similar level to YikYak, users can anonymously post “secrets” and chat with others near you. It’s a gateway for bullying and an invite to strangers looking for a way to connect with users on an intimate level.
Poof, App Lock, Hidden Apps, Hide It Pro – Arguably, these might be the worst apps of them all. They all hide any and all apps that the user doesn’t want others, like concerned parents, to find on their device. Poof is no longer available, but could still be on your kids’ phone if they downloaded before it was pulled.
Another tip that you should strongly consider is turning off Location Services or GPS coordinates for social media apps. If the users posts an image or even just a message, other apps like Localscope. Your child could advertise their exact location.